Ketchup Clouds

Hardcover | August 19, 2015

byAnnabel Pitcher

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Dear Mr. S. Harris,

Ignore the blob of red in the top left corner. It's jam, not blood, though I don't think I need to tell you the difference. It wasn't your wife's jam the police found on your shoe. . . .
I know what it's like.
Mine wasn't a woman. Mine was a boy. And I killed him exactly three months ago.

Zoe has an unconventional pen pal--Mr. Stuart Harris, a Texas Death Row inmate and convicted murderer. But then again, Zoe has an unconventional story to tell. A story about how she fell for two boys, betrayed one of them, and killed the other.

Hidden away in her backyard shed in the middle of the night with a jam sandwich in one hand and a pen in the other, Zoe gives a voice to her heart and her fears after months of silence. Mr. Harris may never respond to Zoe's letters, but at least somebody will know her story--somebody who knows what it's like to kill a person you love. Only through her unusual confession can Zoe hope to atone for her mistakes that have torn lives apart, and work to put her own life back together again.

Rising literary star Annabel Pitcher pens a captivating second novel, rich with her distinctive balance between humor and heart. Annabel explores the themes of first love, guilt, and grief, introducing a character with a witty voice and true emotional resonance.

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Dear Mr. S. Harris,Ignore the blob of red in the top left corner. It's jam, not blood, though I don't think I need to tell you the difference. It wasn't your wife's jam the police found on your shoe. . . .I know what it's like.Mine wasn't a woman. Mine was a boy. And I killed him exactly three months ago.Zoe has an unconventional pen p...

Annabel Pitcher graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English literature and went on to work in television. Her debut novel,My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece,was nominated for more than fourteen UK awards, including the CILIP Carnegie Medal, theGuardianchildren's fiction prize, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the Dy...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1 inPublished:August 19, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031624676X

ISBN - 13:9780316246767

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* "Compelling and believable...by turns heartbreaking and hysterically funny..."
-School Library Journal (starred review)